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Wilma and Betty eat your hearts out…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

My favourite hair of the moment is what I like to call ‘Cave Girl Hair’. Dare to walk on the wild side with me and sample shell-shockingly, bouncy waves and just as I have found, I’m sure it will become the love of a lifetime.

Cave girl inspired hair is sexy and glamorous, with it’s suggestive just rolled around in a bed effect. The most amazing factor of this hair style being, that it really is as effortless as rolling around in a bed! As if this didn’t capture our hearts enough, when this style gets rained on, or windswept it can actually work in our favour and this look often reaches its full potential when a day old… I’m sure this is the type of beauty maintenance that we could all get on board with…HURRAH! hair that finally makes sense to the tom-boy girls amongst us and surprisingly to the glamazons amongst us too…what an harmonious feeling indeed. 

Anyway, to nail this raw glamour with your tresses, first off I allow my hair to dry almost completely naturally, then I blast it with my hair dryer for a final five minutes, to add a burst of volume to the tousled locks. Make certain to not brush the hair straight whilst drying it, but do flip the head upside down and rapidly tease at the roots to achieve a rough, shaggy blow-dry. Next, clip your hair up and tong section, by small section, using either a large barrel curler or straightening irons, whichever you find easiest to manage, styling it into loose and imperfect, bountiful waves. When this step is finished scrunch the hair with a light texturizer (my favourite being ‘ Hard To Get’ from Bed Head by Tigi, as it controls frizz and firmly holds messy, sexy curls without making the hair appear greasy or over-styled, plus it is easy to apply and you only need a pinch, so it lasts…bonus!). To complete I lightly back comb the roots of my hair, focusing mostly on the crown so the waves are gently forced to fall forward around my face (to make this even more dramatic clip a few strands back with kirbys). Alternatively, depending on my mood, I back comb my roots at the hair line, so that my hair stays brushed back wards, for a different type of volume that is more daring.

 If you feel your curls have turned out too perfect, simply brush the hair extremely softly, from the tips upwards, to slightly seperate  and mess up the ringlets. If you do want the style to last longer than a day and you feel it is loosing life, twist it up into a tight bun on the top of your head for an hour or so, or even whilst you sleep and voila, there you have it… locks that are full of attitude and all woman. Hair that Beyonce and Shakira would be proud of. 


The messier this style is the better, keeping accompanying outfit and accessories to a minimum and your makeup light and fresh, with the focus on natural appearing blush, high on the cheek bones, for a really healthy and organic appearance. Godess-like if you will (teehee). Keep the whole ensemble clutter free to let the hair do all the talking.

I search for the beat in this dirty town…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:28 am

If you have never been to Milgi in Cardiff, I dare say it is about time you did take a visit. Milgi is an amazing magical spot that once you enter, you won’t want to leave.

 

 

 

 

It functions as a cafe, lounge, bar, music venue and art gallery and just to add the sweet, sweet glacier cherry on top of this fantastic cake, it also regularly hosts vintage fashion fairs, which would lead to many of you  being in your element I am sure and also to many of you being a tad wary, as I once was…let me make up your mind for you… I recently picked up a cute leopard print number on my last trip to Milgi, which proved to be a lot more exciting than my usual trawl around town . In addition to this, with it being second-hand it meant I had made a beautiful purchase, without breaking the piggy bank. To hunt down the most exciting and original pieces that you can truly make your own, second-hand can really be the way forward, as a dear fellow friend and fashion-blogger has been trying to persuade me for quite some time.  The talent that must be rapidly obtained when shopping second-hand is knowing how to NOT end up looking like you just rummaged through the ottoman in your gran’s loft. The fabulous leopord print top that I came away with captures my walk on the wild side fashion attitude perfectly, but could have had the fatal potential to strike as slightly Pat Butcher-esque if worn the wrong way. However, teamed with leggings, killer heels and a cool blazer for a night out, or dressed down with an over-sized chunky knit cardigan and some pretty ballet pumps, this cute top becomes very current and much less albert square. The best bit is that it will be very rare that I will bump into someone in the same thing. How often is it that you can say that about a patterned piece that is on sale on the high-street?

 

 

It is all about having confidence and getting the right balance when donning old time attire.That said, I urge you all to… DARE TO GO VINTAGE.



Eastern promise…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:26 am

Kimomo inspired pieces are wholeheartedly gracing the runways and the high street with their spectacular presence right now.The glamourous geisha look can be easily over-done and  thus made to look somewhat mimicky. However, there are many ways at this moment in time to achieve that oriental charm with one-off pieces that when teamed with plain outfit counterparts can really boost your ensemble status. Eastern influence is really fun to work with and when done in the right way can be extremely flattering. Oriental style make- up works wonders, with small eyeliner flicks, long lashes and light, rosey lip and cheek tints, to acquire effortless radiance.


A favourite eastern influenced statement piece of mine is the embellished wide-sleeved shrug I purchased from Topshop, after having my eye on it for many weeks. It instantly glams up any plain black outfit and somehow encourages the rest of the look to fall into place.



 

As I think this is coming to the end of the line now, why not try one of the more bold kimono jackets, from Topshop again, including this one, which would instantly add a deliciously dark and alluring factor to your outfit…

(all image rights belong to Topshop)

The paisley and floral prints involved in the oriental theme makes the look feminine and flirty, but the delicate silk and mesh materials used to display them keep it sophisticated. It is a must to allow your wardrobe to take you on an eastern adventure this season and whilst some of the high-street and designer threads are a bit pricey, don’t overlook your older female relative’s closets or charity shops and vintage markets, which often boast some delightful eastern-influenced attire.

Clash course….

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

(All rights belong to Diane Von Furstenberg)

Join me on a trip to ancient Mexico and pay tribute to the Aztec culture, along with the rest of the fashion world.  This is a trend that is not for the faint-hearted, as was gallantly proven  at the Diane Von Furstenberg show, during New York Fashion Week, last month.

 

 

(All rights belong to DVF)

Aztec influenced collections hit runways this february with great speed, flaunting dangerously angular graphics and daring clashing of colours that bring to light a whole new range of possibilities for channeling cool, cultural attire. An amazing thing about this trend being that you only need to sport one piece of clothing that follows the Aztec vibe and instantly your look is transformed in a uniquely expressive, albeit  laid-back way that will turn heads and be admired. The Aztec trend is fun, brave and totally refreshing and although it has been attempted before, it has never been accomplished in such a creative and dedicated way, as it has this season. The inclusion of hypnotic Aztec prints in your ensembles this spring, will give your appearance the unconvential edge you have been yearning for, to truly shake up your look and make things exciting again. Why not go the whole hog and wear two contrasting prints together, to achieve that unbeatable synergy of offbeat, yet preciously exquisite and opulent style?  A few of my favourite high-street pieces this month that comprise all of the above qualities, include a gorgreous Aztec inspired mini skirt from one of my personal favourites; All Saints, available in two sophisticated and eye-catching colour schemes that would be beautifully offset if partnered with a tucked in, silk black cami and sky-high metallic heels …

 

 

 

(All image rights belong to All Saitnts Spitalfields)

For a more casual approach I am loving Topshop’s cute Aztec vest, which would team up perfectly with light skinny jeans and grecian sandals,when the weather is a little bit more reliable, or for now some leather ankle pixie boots. Not to mention that there is a potential opportunity screaming out here, to incorporate a neutral colour, aztec print handbag, to clash in a way that only rock and roll spirited girls can…

 

 

 

 

(All image rights belong to Topshop.)

With the revival of this fresh look that our wardrobes have been thirsting for all winter, we have much to thank South American history for...undalay undalay!!

 

A shady week…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:19 am

This very moment in time, is what I would class as a very wishy-washy point in the seasonal switchover, whereby spring hasn’t sprung upon us just yet, in quite as bountiful a fashion as we would like and neither have the dreary, drizzly dregs of winter confirmed their leave. If it is hard to find excitement in anything at all right now, I do urge all damsels in distress to take a look at Topshop’s fabulous nail paint range, with so many unique shades you’ll be stood for hours, perplexed at which to choose, just like I am, many a lunch hour. Thus, may I make a small suggestion that you opt for my personal favourite colour du jour, which is cutely named ‘aeroplane’. It is not quite blue and not quite grey( just like the skies over England right now that keep teasing us with some sunny spells!), but a gorgeously rich, quirky and slightly exotic hue, whose nearest cousin I would call cobalt. It immediately adds a mystical and somewhat ornate, yet cool glamour to the most dowdy of paws, in a peculiarly understated way. I see this shade to be a big feature in the fashion world in weeks to come and as if its wonderful appearance alone isn’t enough, it is also a great transitional colour to take us seamlessly from the dark and cold months, to the brighter and warmer ones ahead. Not to mention that the funky name ‘aeroplane’ gives us a glimmer of hope, by encouraging us to look forward to  summer frolicking in  far away destinations. What is there not to admire about this modest little pot of joy I wonder? To topshop we go…

 

 

Armani love…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

Giorgio Armani is renowned for his honourable humanitarion efforts and right now he has launched a truly admirable campaign with Green Cross International that I am sure everyone who has a heart feels strongly about. Each time a bottle of the Acqua di Gio  and Acqua di Gioia fragrances are purchased 100 litres of safe clean water will be donated to populations without such luxury on tap,  with the primary focus being on children. Helping lead the initiative is face of Armani, Megan Fox  who recently shared a link to the cause on facebook and for every one person that simply joins this movement another 10 litres of water will be donated. This is not the first time Armani has supported the Unicef Tap Water Project and I am so in awe of him and the way he is using his status and industry for the good of mankind. It truly is so  important to make the message loud and clear that it is unacceptable for any human being to be denied necessities of life, which we are all guilty of taking for granted. So what are you waiting for? Get spritizing with Armani’s gorgeous Acqua di Gio/ Gioia scent and feel a lot better for it…

Viva la Sixties…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:14 am

I have always been passionate about the decade, where social taboos were temporarily laid to rest and people flying high as kites, protested their ways counter-culturally to world peace, with the uttermost flamboyance. What a beautiful thought, which confirms to me that I definitely belong firmly in the sixties era, rather than in the current uber-techno drone of  the 21st century. Everything that underpins the swinging sixities is fanciful, excessive and totally admirable, from Bob Dylan and The Kinks to the rise of feminism, anti-communism and the arrival of the female contraceptive pill and our very own Beatles in America, the sixties was truly a character to get on board with and be admired. There is no better way to achieve an understated flirtatious look than by returning to the sixties and taking inspiration from Mary Quant influenced behives, larger than life lashes, not to mention an attitude so carefree that it’s borderline selfish! Sixties fashion -forwardness really does run the roost in my floor-drobe. Big hair will never get old and a classic boufant should feature proudly in many an evening event to instantly exude cool glamour. Experiment with some dark eye make up and lashes that lift to the skies, a la Twiggy. Also, take inspiration from Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller, where there are some truely timeless looks, that will be sexy and beautiful time and time again, with a sophistication, only a sixties girl could wear. Smokey eye powders, liquid eyeliner flicks, cheryl cole’s faux eyelashes and five minutes of careful precision will have you a spell-blinding flutter immediately.

 

 With the eyes and hair being key feautres of the sixties chic vibe, think the bigger the better and even at times outrageously, which never hurts anybody from time to time.  Don’t forget to turn to the fabulous Breakfast at Tiffany’s for further  charming sixties influence. Think along the lines of black round shades that cover most of your face,  pearl and diamond overload and  a skinny silhouette black dress and there you have it Holly Golightly, eat your heart out.



Be my valentine…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:13 am

Valentine’s day is a great opportunity to be outrageously over the top and no i’m not thinking in terms of ridiculously colossal  teddy bears, holding a silk, puffy heart that says “BE MINE”, or something along those lines, I am talking about letting the love inspire your look. Single or attached, Valentine’s day can be a chance to express yourself in more ways than one, to whoever you want, without a cringe poem in a card  (CYNICAL!? ME?). No seriously lovebirds, feel free to bask in the loveliness that is valentines, by all means! Nevertheless, ladies I don’t see any reason why this isn’t a blatant big fat excuse, to get all creative and girly. Discover your femininity again girly swirlies, by adding a little Katy Perry-esque kitsch to your style surrounding this romantic date, which makes valentines beautifully charming for anybody and everybody.  Valentines allows for many fashion  frolicking opportunities. Check out this heart-shaped hair-do that I created on a good friend of mine, whose ballet background influenced a few other romantic styles that I believe would be perfect to try out throughout february… lets everybody make the most of this love-fest…hurrah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the livin’ is easyyyy…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

Right, so fair enough I have only ever been to one festival, this being the amazing Beach Break two years on the trot and really hoping for a triple whammy this year, however I think festival fashion is something to really enjoy and get excited about, especially for summer worshippers like myself. Sun equals happiness in my eyes. It encourages people to just have carless fun together and the long evenings are more suitable for the night owls and party people amongst us. With my favourite season being just around the corner, well slight exaggeration, but seeing it get ligther in the mornings has got me all hyped, we might aswell look forward to it. Festivals bring out the hippy in all of us and this is what I love about them and the fashion that is sported during such events in the warm months (or at least I can hope they will be!). It’s the fashion that suits me down to the ground, timeless and comfortable, with a cool rock and roll edge and the opportunity to add a splash of self-identity and sophistication that will never be forgotten. Even if you are not a hardcore festival attendee, I suggest you still take onboard the tricks of the attire, as it truly makes the best of summer looks. I have been prematurely, albeit shamlessly spotting many fabulous pieces that I plan to add to my summertime collection. A big contestant has to be the Matthew Williamson cross body chain bag. I adore this bag and as reluctant as I should be to spend £45 on a bag that is just big enough for my tub of cherry carmex at Beach Break this year, it really is so very tempting.  I can just see it in my head now, with a plain grey vest dress, some classic havaianas and quite possibly some ray-bans (although these might have to be fake as I can be ridiculously clumsy with expensive things!) and a tan to top it off!  Will keep you updated on my other fashion  finds that will enhnace your music and sun-loving moments this summer! In the meantime I will carry on dreaming about me raving, with a cute little leather accessory hanging over my shoulder…

 

 

An amazing illusion was made, We tricked photography…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2011 at 2:08 am

I am passionate about photography, especially of the fashion variety and have collected many cool examples over my time, from magazines and my internships at cool publications, however I came across the best photograph in the world in the most unexpected place…my grandparents living room.


When I discovered this photograph of my grandparents in their romantic early adulthood I was blown away. This image was featured on the front of a popular daily of the time. For me this holds much more celebrity status than anything else I have ever seen. It is so natural and genuine in an unbeatably classy way, I can only begin to tell you how in awe I am of my lovely grandparents here. When considering everything  they have endured in the past couple of years due to health, but  seeing how they are still very much in love, just as they were in this photograph,it really is inspirational and puts life into perspective.This photograph was taken in a dance hall and neither of them knew it was being taken. Both of them  are so elegant and glamorous at the same time. This is beauty and perfection at its very best.